WALTER PIGOTT OF QUEEN'S COUNTY AND ANTIGUA.
Walter PIGOTT probably served in the Army - originally thought to have served in NORTHCOTT's Regiment of Foot, and later in VILLIER's Regiment of Marines, but it is looking more likely that this may have been another Walter PIGOTT (see below) - unless they were both in the same Regiment.
Walter thereafter went to the West Indies; he was probably the Major PIGOTT who was appointed by Thomas OTTLEY, of St Kitts, to command a group of armed men to protect his vessels against French pirates, 1718.
Walter PIGOTT, of the Queen's County, Gent, was witness to an Irish Indenture of Lease, dated 11 November 1720, by which his brother-in-law Lancelot SANDES of Kilcavan (the widower of Walter's late sister Elizabeth PIGOTT) made a lease of 600 profitable acres in the Townlands of Ballymacrossan and Couldonagh, Barony of Phillipstown, King's County, to Walter BIRMINGHAM of Grange, County Kildare [Memorial 17360, Volume 30, Page 221].
Walter was named in a number of entries in Registers of Quaker Tythe Sufferings, for the parish of Dysart-enos, Queen's County:
1728: "John RIDGWAY had taken from him for tithe... And by Walter PIGOTT and his assistance, Tithetaker under said Pigott SANDS - 25 car loads of hay and 2 ridges of potatoes, worth £3:10:0."
1730: "John RIDGWAY had taken from him for tithe... by Walter PIGOTT and his assistants, Tithe-taker under said Emanuel PIGOTT - 30 carloads of bere, 3 carloads of wheat, 270 stooks of oats, 32 carloads of hay and 2 ridges of potatoes, worth £10:12:0. All worth £22:12:0.
1732: "John POWER had taken from him for tithe... by Walter PIGOTT and his assistance - 5 carloads of bere, worth 12:0..."
1733: "John RIDGWAY had taken from him for tithe... by Walter PIGOTT, Tithetaker under said BALDWIN - 10 carloads of bere, 15 carloads of oats, 6 carloads of barley, 26 carloads of hay, and 2 ridges of potatoes, worth £11:10:0. All worth £22:10:0.
"John POORE had taken from him for tithe, by said Walter PIGOTT and FITCHPATRICK and assistance - 13 carloads of bere, 15 carloads of oats, 2 carloads of pease, 1 carload of barley, 2 carloads of hay and 4 ridges of potatoes. All worth £7:11:0."
1734: "John RIDGWAY had taken from him for tithe... by Walter PIGOTT and his assistance, Tithetaker under J. BALDWIN - 34 carloads of hay, 11 carloads of bere, 2 carloads of barley, and 2 ridges of potatoes, worth £6:11:0...
"John POORE had taken from him for tithe... by ye aforedsaid Walter PIGOTT and his assistance, Tithetaker under J. BALDWIN - 3 carloads of hay, 10 carloads of oats, 2 carloads of pease, and 5 ridges of potatoes, worth £2:13:0. All worth£ 7:15:0
1735: "John RIDGWAY had taken from him for tithe... by Walter PIGOTT and his assistants, Tithetaker under said BALDWIN - 25 carloads of hay, 17 carloads of bere, 7 carloads of wheat, 22 carloads of Oats, 8 carloads of pease, and 2 and a half ridges of potatoes, worth £10:17:0. All worth £21:8:0."
Probably identified as "... old Major PIGOTT" of Antigua, 1732 (see below). However, this date corresponds with a period when Walter appears to have been back in Ireland.
Walter was named in an Irish Deed, 1738.
Walter was of Stradbally, Gent, 16 June 1751, when he was party to Articles of Assignment that were the Settlements for the marriage of his youngest daughter Margaret PIGOTT to William GRAY of Maryborough, Gent [Memorial 132594, Volume 201, Page 233 - but not registered until 21 June 1759]. The date of this Registration may have been associated with Walter's death.
Walter PIGOTT, of Ballymadock, Queen's County, died in or shortly before 1759; he was so named as deceased in a Handlist of Voters for the Borough of Maryborough, said to have been dated 1760, but evidently preceding another 1760 list which was published by F.H. KEARNEY in 1954.
Walter was evidently married, with issue, probably including:
1. John PIGOTT, born about 1710; a Mariner; in 1732 he delivered, by his own hand, a written introduction from John GUNTHORPE in Antigua, to Abraham REDWOOD (1710-1788), a Merchant in Newport, Rhode Island (his father, Abraham REDWOOD Senior, had been a Merchant in Antigua from 1687 until 1712, whence he removed to Salem, Massachusetts, and thence to Newport in 1729, shortly before his death).
GUNTHORPE's letter, dated at Antigua on 24 July 1732, included the following paragraph:
"I beg leave to recommend the Bearer Mr. John PIGOTT, Son to old Major PIGOTT of our Island, to your
Friendship and favour, and if you can be any way servisable to him by assisting him to get an Employment in the
Command of some goode Vessel; I shall take it as a very greate favour, for He is truely a young Gentleman of Meritt,
being, very modest, sober, industrious, a brisk Sayler, and goode Artist, which I aver to be the Character given to
me of him by two Captains of Men of War, he had the honour to serve under as Midship Man for four years last
past. Capt. Malbone I am in hopes will provide for him, and use your interest with him to that end."
This was inevitably Colonel John GUNTHORPE (about 1683-1740), the son of Major John GUNTHORPE and Feelove COOKE, and so a first half-cousin of our Captain John PIGOTT (about 1704-1763), who was likely to have been this Midshipman PIGOTT's first cousin german.
Very likely to have been the second Captain John PIGOTT, who is mentioned by Robert PIGOTT in his 1808 Petition, as having returned to Ireland about 1760 "... after many years service abroad."
2. eldest daughter.
3. middle daughter or daughters.
4. Margaret PIGOTT; as the "youngest" daughter, she was married at Stradbally, by settlements dated June 1751, to William GRAY of Maryborough (with issue).
WALTER PIGOTT, MAJOR IN CHURCHILL'S REGIMENT.
English Army Lists and Commission Registers, 1661-1714, by Charles DALTON [Volume V, 1702-1707, at page 144]:
Colonel George VILLIER's Regiment of Marines.
All Commissions dated 10 March 1702...
Captains 1st Lieutenants 2nd Lieutenants
George VILLIERS (Colonel) Tho. HORNER (Capt-Lieut) Hy RAINSFORD
Alex. LUTTERELL (Lt-Col) Walter ELLIOTT Jno. BECKWITH
Tho. CAREW (Major) Jno. SALTER Jno. THURSTON
Robt HEDGES James CLARKE Cutts HASSAN
George BLAKENEY Robt FLOWER Jno. ANDERSON
Ben BULLER Mark HILDESLEY Jas DESBORDES
Philip DOCTON Jno. TAYLOR Ric. DOYLE
Fras BLINMAN Sol BALMIER Wm BISSET
Edward TYNTE Jno. CAWARDIN Tho. NORTHCOTE
Tho. ADAMS Robert STAWELL Danl WINTER
Walter PIGOTT (fn 11) Fleetwood WATKINS Saml BELL
Wm COURTNEY (Grenadiers) David EVANS Tho. SUTTON
Walter PIGOTT - Appointed Captain in Col Wm NORTHCOTE's Regiment of Foot, 16 February 1694; Bt Major 15 Sep 1706; resigned his Commission in Jos CHURCHILL's Regiment of Marines, 18 June 1708.
Muster Roll, 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot (also known as the 2nd Regiment of Marines), taken at the Siege of Alicant, Spain, in March 1707, for the 61 days from 5 April 1707 to 4 June 1707 (both dates included):
Joshua CHURCHILL, Colonel; and as Captain of his own Company, comprising one 2nd Lieutenant, one Captain, one surgeon, one sergeant and 23 privates.
Captain ADAM's Company, with one 1st Lieutenant (Cutts HASSAN) and one private.
Major PIGOTT's Company, with one 1st Lieutenant (Fleetwood WATKIN), one Corporal (Nicholas STURCH), and five privates (John CAMPDEN, John DRAB, Ferdinand ROBERTS, William STOCK nd James EDMONDSON).
Captain MARSHALL's Company, with one 1st Lieutenant (John BECKWITH), two sergeants and 18 privates.
Captain TAYLOR's Company, with one corporal and 11 privates.
John PHILIPS, Chaplain.
Alexander WILSON, Surgeon.
WALTER PIGOTT OF SALOP AND DORSET.
There was another Walter PIGOTT, born about 1670 (from the age he recorded on the Allegations of his third marriage in 1706), son of Thomas PIGOTT of Chetwynd, County Salop, by his first wife Elizabeth LOET.
He was therefore a distant cousin of Walter PIGOTT of the Queen's County.
Probably the Captain in William NORTHCOTT's Regiment of Foot, 1694; Captain, George VILLIERS' Regiment of Marines, 1702; served in the War of the Spanish Succession; advertised rewards for information on deserters from his company, 1702, then residing at Wimborne Minster, Dorset.
In Hilary Term, 1711, Walter PIGOTT, Esquire, executed his complaint in the High Court of Chancery, against Joshua CHURCHILL and Edward CASTLE, claiming money due to him, his servants, and his company, for services as Captain of a Regiment of Marines commanded by Joshua CHURCHILL; the original document containing this information is indexed under date of 9 November 1719, which is well after Walter's will was proved - so perhaps that document was a final answer delivered by the Court after his death?
Walter's will, dated 1716, was proved P.C.C., January 1719, late of North Bowood Farm, Netherbury, Dorset.
Walter was married firstly, at Winterborn Zelstone, Dorset, 12 February 1697-98, to Amy COMPTON, widow of Joseph HUSEY of Stourpaine and Wimborne (his Administration dated 24 July 1695). A further probate grant was made for her first husband Joseph HUSSEY on 15 February 1703, naming Thomas HOBY as the principal creditor, Amy PIGOTT alias HUSSEY, the relict, deceased, and her brother Robert HUSSEY and sister Mary FRAMPTON, Widow, the original 1695 grant being renounced. Yet another grant was made on 14 November 1708, when Walter PIGOTT was named as principal creditor of goods not administered by Thomas HOBBY, now dead, and Mary FRAMPTON the sister (of Jospeh HUSSEY), the 1703 grant being renounced.
Walter was a Widower, of the parish of Hampton, County Middlesex, when he was married secondly, by License for the Royal Chapel, Hampton Court, 16 September 1703, to Rebecca ENGLISH, Spinster, of the same parish:
Walter was again a Widower, aged 35 years, of the parish of St Clement Danes, Middlesex, when he was married thirdly, by License dated 26 April 1706 for Trinity Chapel, parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 27 April 1706, to his cousin Mary STEVENS, Spinster:
Mary died on 10 September 1737, aged 48 years, was buried in Totteridge Parish Churchyard (Totteridge is bounded by the Parishes of Hendon and Finchley), as the "...relict of Captain PIGOTT" [Country Journal or Craftsman (London), Saturday 17 September 1737], and the tabular stone on her grave records her as the "...widdow of Captain PIGOTT, and daughter of Maxemilian STEVENS, Esq" [History of Hertfordshire, by Edward CUSSANS, 1972, Volume 2, page 302].
These two mentions of his rank as Captain does raise the question as to whether the Brevet Major was another Walter.
Walter and Mary had issue:
1. Ann PIGOTT (baptised at St Martins-in-the-Fields, London, 6 July 1708).
This Walter was clearly a Captain, and not a Major.
If the rank of Mary's late husband was correctly recorded as Captain, then it would appear to confirm that there were two Walter PIGOTTs, who both had Army connections, and perhaps with the same regiment.
There is therefore a possibility that some of this Army career recorded above may have been about our Walter of Dysart.